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Murderous Maids

Murderous Maids

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Denis

Produced by ARP Sélection

Release in France : 22/11/2000

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ARP Sélection

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FTD International Cinéma

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ARP Sélection

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“I was twenty when I was entrusted into my Aunt Isabelle’s care.
I knew right away that it was no place for me. My father was never around. As for my mother, well, we were never close. I clung onto my sisters…” She’s called Christine Papin and is pivotal to what is known as the “Papin Case,” a story as notorious as it is enigmatic.
One that inspired many writers, including Jean Genet, Jacques Lacan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul Eluard. All were fascinated by this puzzling real-life story of the murder by two sisters, Léa and Christine, of their employer and her daughter in 1930s Le Mans.
Murderous Maids looks at the bond that united the two sisters from early childhood, delving into how and why such a crime came about. An investigation into the crime. A study of limitless, exclusive and absolute love.

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Full credits (18)

Executive Producers :

Laurent Pétin, Michèle Halberstadt

Screenwriters :

Michèle Halberstadt, Jean-Pierre Denis

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Pierre Duret

Production Manager :

Daniel Baschieri

Editor :

Marie-Hélène Dozo

Continuity supervisor :

Zoé Zurstrassen

Music Composer :

Jeanne Biras

Costume designers :

Sylvie de Segonzac, Isabelle Boiton

Still Photographer :

Jérôme Prebois

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean-Pierre Denis, Michèle Halberstadt

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marc Fabre

Assistant Operators :

Laurent Hincelin, Marion Rey

Press Attaché (film) :

Matilde Incerti

Sound editors :

Julie Brenta, Benoît De Clerck

Production Designer :

Bernard Vezat

Casting :

Jeanne Biras

Sound Mixer :

Thomas Gauder

Location Manager :

Laurent Lesieur

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Feature film

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Murder, News story

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 34 min

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Dolby SR

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Festival Selections (6)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)

Selection (4)

Most Promising Actress : Sylvie Testud

Most Promising Actress : Julie-Marie Parmentier

Best Director : Jean-Pierre Denis

Best Film

Awards (2)

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 2001

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2001)

Awards (2)

Silver Ombù for Best Director : Jean-Pierre Denis

Silver Ombù for Best Actress : Julie-Marie Parmentier

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)


Award for most promising actress : Sylvie Testud

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